Smoggy Stars

The moon looked so perfect this evening.  Just like in the story books that show the crescent and then shadows that make it look like a man is sitting there fishing.  It made me smile looking up and seeing it.  Then I started looking for the North Star.  The problem is I have no clue how to differentiate the North Star from any other star.  So naturally I started looking for the brightest star (because it feels like someone somewhere maybe told me that once).  The only problem is that living in the city means there aren’t any “brightest” stars, or really very many stars at all.  The smog and the light polution of the city made it hard to see the stars.

Sometimes in life we can get so engrossed in life we can’t see the way forward.  We are so fixated on what the next step in the path is that we miss the journey.  We so badly want to know what the future holds that we forget to live in the present.  We are so buried in our own selves that we don’t see the world around us.  We are entrenched in sin to the point that we can’t see hope or redemption.

Don’t lose sight of the forest through the trees.  Don’t fixate on the puzzle piece you have but, rather, on the puzzle as a whole.  Don’t stop walking the journey just because you lose sight of the path.  When the stars are hidden in the smog the answer isn’t to abandon course and assume the stars are gone.  No, you start to take measures to clear the smog.  Remove the barrier.

Sin is that barrier in our life.  Sin is death.  Where darkness is, light cannot be, and where light is present darkness cannot exist.  Jesus is light.  When you live in sin you are pushing Christ away.  When you draw near to Christ you become more like Christ and thus sin inevitably will fall away (although no one is sinless except Jesus).

If you are feeling lost, confess your sin.  If you are feeling far from Christ, repent of your sin.  If you are feeling alone, know that God is always there.  Just like the stars are always there, even hidden under the smog, God is always there with you.  All you have to do is reach out and take his hand.

John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Psalm 18:28 – “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”

Ephesians 5:8 – For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 18:28 – For you light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.

Spilled Blue Paint

All the walls at my house are painted white.  Frosty White, color SW6196 at Sherwin Williams to be exact.  It’s faintly grey but looks white.  So white in fact you can’t tell a difference between it and the ceiling color, which is actual white.  The floor is also white, white porous stone.  White everywhere.

White walls and floors are impossible to keep clean though.  Anytime there is a spill it stains almost immediately.  We have to be diligent and clean up spills as soon as they occur.  With two kids that means constant cleaning!  Every few weeks I scrub dings and scuffs from the walls to try and keep them looking clean and new.

While cleaning up around the house last week a bottle of blue nail polish dropped, on the tile, and shattered everywhere.  Blue nail polish splattered and sprayed to the four ends of the earth (at least it felt that way!)  Blue.  Everywhere.  Walls, floor, baseboards, coat closet door, everywhere.  The more we scrubbed to clean it up the worse and worse the mess got.  There is no cleaning it up.  It will never be white again.  And it is right at the front door entry area so anyone who walks into the house will see the explosion.  There’s no hiding it or covering it.

Sin and salvation are like trying to clean white walls.  We all desire to live a good pristine life but that isn’t possible with our sin nature.  As spills and dings occur we do our best to clean them up, and can even make it feel as though the sin never happened, at least for a small time.   Its impossible to keep our white walls and white floors white.  Sometimes we do big spring cleanings, going to church every Sunday, doing our best to pray each day, but the season ends and we are back to our sinful ways.  In most peoples lives we have a blue nail polish moment.  Sin explodes everywhere and we will never be the same.  It’s a life changing path altering experience.

In that moment, in that experience, embrace Jesus.  He is our creator and He died for us so that we would be washed white as snow.  Our salvation in Christ is the only way for our blue walls, blue floors, blue baseboards, blue everything, to be wiped clean and made white again.  We can’t clean it ourselves, only a relationship with Jesus can.  Pray daily that your blue would be made white.  Confess, repent, and live knowing that you are saved and made new.

Acts 3:19 – Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 3:3 – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Ephesians 4:22-24 – You were taught, white regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in the true righteousness and holiness